Amanda McKay leads the way as the only LGBT construction professional featured in the Financial Times’ OUTstanding list
25 October 2018
Quality Director for Balfour Beatty’s Major Projects business, Amanda McKay, has featured at number 34 in the Financial Times’ OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT + Executives list, representing the only nominee from the construction industry.
The OUTstanding list celebrates those LGBT executives and allies who are not only successful in their careers but are also creating supportive workplaces for other LGBT people.
Balfour Beatty is committed to creating an environment where all employees can be themselves and perform at their best, ensuring there are no barriers to success.
The company operates an LGBT affinity network which encourages a culture of respect regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The affinity network also offers education and training to all employees on LGBT issues, in addition to collaborating with external partners and the supply chain to drive best practice within the construction industry.
To find out more about how Balfour Beatty supports the LGBT community, listen to Amanda McKay’s interview on BBC Good Morning Scotland here.
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Notes to editors:
- Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
- Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
- Balfour Beatty is committed to creating an environment where all our employees can be themselves at work and perform at their best. As a global company, it is critical to our success that our employees are as diverse as the customers and communities we serve. In order to achieve this Balfour Beatty has taken the following action:
- Establishing diversity as a key part of the company’s Build to Last transformation. The diversity and inclusion three-year plan sets out strategic aims, objectives and metrics in support of our endeavours. Overseen by Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Leo Quinn its progress against these metrics is regularly tracked.
- Creating a range of national networks across the company to support BAME, Women and LGBTQ staff in creating a workplace that is more inclusive.
- With the support of its customers, Balfour Beatty is recruiting from a large and more diverse pool of talent. For instance, in collaboration with Network Grid, our Power, Transmission and Distribution division provide opportunities for ex-offenders to get back into employment. Our Rail division supports the British Forces Resettlement Services and its careers events, through advising service personnel on careers within the construction industry.
- Working with expert diversity & inclusion focused bodies such as Stonewall and the Youth Women’s Trust to get guidance on how we can better improve our recruitment and workplace culture so that we can recruit and retain a talented and diverse workforce.
- Actively promoting and encouraging our women to enter awards such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards to overcome the perceived barriers to career progression.